On a recent trip to New York City I had one restaurant in mind for that one shred of free time where there was nothing on the agenda leaving a little room to improvise searching for a near by snack or bar. I instantly knew I wanted (needed) to go to momofuku noodle bar. For months I have been hearing about the momofuku restaurants on TV and from friends, I had to go. It was definitely a great experience from the modern/traditional hybrid of the dinning area and bar to the delicious food with a great selection of beer.

It was pretty cold outside somewhere in the mid 20′s and I had some time to kill before my friend got out of momofuku_shrimp_bunswork, so I figured why not grab a snack and a beer. I started off with a Kelso pale ale, which I thought was very fitting seeing as it is a Brooklyn beer and I New York City and also an order of the shrimp bun. The bun was one of the best appetizers I have ever had. The pillowy bun was holding a shrimp pattie covered in spicy mayo and diced cabbage, I could tell how fresh the bun was. I am used to bbq pork buns, more commonly scene in Chinese food. It was a real treat to try out this different type of bun.
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Dinning area at Pure Thai Cookhouse

When I was in New York City a few weeks ago my girlfriend and I went to meet my cousin and her husband for lunch in Manhattan at Pure Thai Cookhouse. The restaurant was amazing, it was made of all wood from the noodle cooking station in the center so you could peak over and see what the chef was doing, to the picnic table style seating all the while listening to first wave Thai ska music (which I had never heard before, but knew exactlywhat it was). All of the plates were different colors and there was a little section near the register where you could buy all sorts of toys and snacks from Thailand. I knew from just the decor of the restaurant we were in for a real treat, the food looked so good we almost ended up ordering everything on the menu.
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